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11/07/05 11:32:59 - Going Home -- Pt. I
After spending a fair amount of time in the hospital staying with Aren, Kath was inspired to buy a Game Cube of her own. Saturday, she brought her newest game: Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix. For those not familiar with "Dance Dance Revolution", the game goes something like this: You are given a mat that has sensors that can tell where you're standing or stepping. The screen tells you which buttons to step on in which order and in what combinations of rhythms. If you can't keep up, you're out.
Who would have thought that getting Aren to exercise would be as easy as turning it into a video game? Aren played the game for about 45 minutes straight Saturday evening. 45 minutes of stepping, jumping and stomping. Aren even started imitating Mario's "Warm-up" moves. (I'm hoping to be able to post a short clip, if we can spare the bandwidth.) When I called, it actually took effort to pull him away from the game long enough to talk to me.
We chatted about how fun the game is and how it's really hard exercise. After a few minutes, he was ready to get back to the game, but first he asked if he could tell me something.
"Dad, I like my new bone marrow."
"I'm glad, Aren."
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Aren is undergoing a bone marrow transplant to fix the immune system defects that caused the loss of his little sister, Lily. To learn more, click here.
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